It was a little over five years ago when a client, in one of my mastermind groups, introduced Human Design to me. I remember the conversation like it was yesterday, as I was just coming off a very powerful retreat weekend working with a spiritual teacher of mine up in Vancouver.
There was so much healing that came through for me that weekend. In fact, I recall one moment when I actually spoke into the trees and to my ancestral lines handing back all the generational karma that was not mine. I asked my lineage, in that moment, to take their stuff back, so I could focus on my own work and healing.
I was changed as a result of that weekend. I was wide open, and feeling into the expansive energy around and within me. I was curious to other modalities and was ready to lean into the Truth of who I truly was. Though, that didn’t come with it’s own set of fears and vulnerabilities.
Enter the conversation I had with Lynn.
She told me about some work she had done with another coach around her Human Design chart. At first, I could feel my resistance creep back in … as I thought: “I am not interested in anymore woo-woo stuff right now.” But, even as I could feel the old me wanting to shut this down, a different part of me felt this deep, intrinsic curiosity start to rise.
Despite the fear and hesitation, I allowed space for the wonder to fill me up and to remain open to the possibilities. I mean, it showed up for a reason.
So, I found myself looking up my own chart.
I fell down the very first rabbit hole, that in turn, lead me on a 5-year+ exploration and journey of never-ending rabbit holes … which, now, I am happily and eagerly jumping down.
Human Design was a game-changer for me.
Let me back up for a minute. I mean I was no rookie when it came to assessments. I studied DiSC, Myers-Briggs, StrengthFinders, and Personalysis, intensely … just to name a few, and even use those tools with my cleitns and the teams I work with. Lately, I even have found myself dabbling (and starting to go deeper) with Enneagram, too.
So, I’m not surprised there was a curiosity that rose within me … I mean, Human Design was just another assessment, right? Or, was it?
Myth #1: Human Design is an assessment tool
I wouldn’t call Human Design an assessment tool. Most assessment tools are based on a series of questions that take into account any filters, conditioning, programming, experiences and emotions you may be carrying with you as you answer those specific questions.
This leaves room for interpretation and nuances. See, how we answer those questions are based on multiple conditions, filters and frames, which also can change from time-to-time. I know this to be true as I have watched my DiSC, Myers-Briggs, and StrengthFinders results change over the years as I have gained different perspectives, experiences, wisdom, and had my intrinsic motivations shift.
Human Design, on the other hand, does not change. It is a function of three static things: 1) your date of birth, 2) your time of birth, and the location of your birth.
Based on these three variables, Human Design then brings together Eastern & Western Astrology, the Hindu Chakra System, the Judaic Kabbalah (the Tree of Life), the Chinese I’Ching (the 64 hexagrams), and Quantum Physics.
Therefore, Human Design is an energetic blueprint, not an assessment.
And, for me, once I really started to dig in and peel back the layers (which truly are never-ending), I realized something quite profound. Human Design was like a permission slip … permission to be ME.
Things I used to struggle with now made sense. Areas where I felt I couldn’t do the thing the way others did the thing finally added up. I could see where both imposter syndrome and burnout stemmed from. And, it freed me from an box or lable I previously put myself in, or allowed others to dictate on my behalf. I found myself being able to take back and reclaim my own power and potential.